A look back at some of the memorable moments in Colorado football history for the week of Sept. 14-20:
1953 – Sept. 19, Colorado 21, Washington 20: In Seattle, the underdog Buffs upset the Huskies as Homer Jenkins, making his CU debut, threw two touchdown passes to Gary Knafelc. Jenkins also intercepted a second-half Huskies’ pass. Emerson Wilson added 87 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The season-opening victory started a 6-4 season for the Buffaloes.
1971 – Sept. 18, No. 12 Colorado 56, Wyoming 13: A week after upsetting LSU on the road, CU hosted Wyoming in the first game on artificial turf at Folsom Field. CU played on artificial turf through 1998. Against Wyoming, backup quarterback Joe Duenas got the start for Ken Johnson (wrist injury) and rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns, while also completing 4-of-7 passes for 111 yards and a 74-yard touchdown to Cliff Branch.
1982 – Sept. 18, Colorado 12, Washington State 0: In Spokane, Wash., first-year CU head coach Bill McCartney earned his first victory. Linebacker Ray Cone recorded 19 tackles to lead the defense, which held the Cougars to 182 yards. The Buffs’ offense racked up 241 rushing yards, but completed only two of 15 passes. Kicker Tom Field handled the scoring, kicking a then-school record four field goals.
1983 – Sept. 17, Colorado 31, Colorado State 3: CU athletic director Eddie Crowder wasn’t thrilled about seeing CSU back on the schedule for the first time in 25 years, in part because he didn’t expect much of a crowd and in part because of the long-standing feeling that CU was the superior program. While it was a blowout, 49,783 fans packed into Folsom Field. They saw Loy Alexander catch two touchdown passes from Steve Vogel and Chris McLemore ran for 100 yards. After the 25-year hiatus, the rivalry has been played 32 times in the last 37 years.
1984 – Sept. 15, Oregon 27, Colorado 20: The Buffs lost more than just game in Eugene, Ore. Tight end Ed Reinhardt, who was one of the top offensive players on the team, suffered a blood clot in his brain after taking a hit late in the game. He had emergency surgery after the game and spent a month in a coma. Reinhardt eventually regained his ability to walk and communicate on a limited basis, but never fully recovered. He was honored during a pregame ceremony before a CU-Oregon game in Eugene in 2012.
1988 – Sept. 17, Colorado 24, No. 19 Iowa: As the Buffs were growing their program under McCartney, this was monumental victory, with CU beating a ranked team on the road for the first time in 10 years. Quarterback Sal Aunese led the Buffs on an 85-yard drive in the fourth quarter and he capped it with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 55 seconds to play. A 23-yard pass from Aunese to Jeff Campbell on third-and-9 kept the winning drive alive.
1989 – Sept. 16, No. 8 Colorado 38, No. 10 Illinois 7: The emotionally-charged Buffs were inspired by their ailing teammate, Sal Aunese, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in March. Despite his health declining quickly, Aunese watched the Buffs’ first three games, including this one against Illinois, from a private booth at Folsom Field. Receiver Jeff Campbell pointed to Aunese after a big play and the Buffs had him on their minds all day and all season. This would be the last game Aunese would see, however. A week later, on Sept. 23, the Buffs were on a bye and Aunese passed away at age 21.
1994 – Sept. 17, No. 7 Colorado 55, No. 10 Wisconsin 17: The Buffs had no problem dominating one of the best teams in the country. This was the only game during the regular season that Heisman Trophy-winning running back Rashaan Salaam was held under 100 yards (he had 85 yards on 26 carries), but he found the end zone four times. Kordell Stewart added two touchdown passes.
2008 – Sept. 18, Colorado 17, No. 17 West Virginia 14 (OT): Coming off a bowl appearance in 2007, coach Dan Hawkins had the Buffs at 2-0 with the 21st-ranked Mountaineers coming to Folsom Field. Cody Hawkins threw a pair of first quarter touchdown passes but couldn’t score again in regulation. In overtime, West Virginia’s Pat McAfee hit the left upright on a 23-yard field goal attempt. Then, CU’s Aric Goodman drilled a 25-yard field goal to lift the Buffs to the upset. CU never capitalized on that win, though, going 2-7 the rest of the season.
2011 – Sept. 17, Colorado 28, Colorado State 14: First-year coach Jon Embree came in at 0-2 after a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Cal a week earlier. But, on this day, Embree got his first win as Buffs’ head coach. Tyler Hansen threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more touchdowns, while Rodney Stewart had 191 yards in total offense.
2017 – Sept. 16, Colorado 41, Northern Colorado 21: The Buffs faced their former in-state rival for the first time since 1934. UNC put up a good fight, but CU pulled away late. Steven Montez threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers and Buffs’ great Phillip Lindsay rushed for 151 yards and a touchdown. Lindsay also got his first and only opportunity to face his brother, UNC running back Zachary Lindsay, in college.